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Hospitals face another strike day of disruption

One-day strike waged by medical auxiliaries and technical assistants

A one-day strike by medical auxiliaries and technical assistants in the SNS State-run health service began at midnight last night with “an average participation of more than 90%”, according to Lusa – meaning the following 24-hours (until midnight tonight) are expected to involved disruptions to outpatient appointments, hospital admissions and surgeries.

Sebastião Santana, leading FNSTPS (the National Federation of Public Service Unions) which called the strike said: “It is natural there will be some disturbances…”

The creation of a career of auxiliary health technician, the valorisation of the career of technical assistant, the application of the 35-hour working week to all health workers and the admission of the necessary staff to the SNS are among the demands of the striking workers.

The last strike affecting hospitals was in March, again supported by the FNSTPS.

Source: LUSA